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HTML <i> Tag


<p>He named his car <i>The lightning</i>, because it was very fast.</p>
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Definition and Usage

The <i> tag defines a part of text in an alternate voice or mood. The content of the <i> tag is usually displayed in italic.

The <i> tag can be used to indicate a technical term, a phrase from another language, a thought, or a ship name, etc.

Use the <i> element only when there is not a more appropriate semantic element, such as:

Browser Support

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Differences Between HTML 4.01 and HTML5

In HTML 4.01, the <i> tag was used to render text in italics. However, this is not necessarily the case with HTML5. Style sheets can be used to format the text inside the <i> element.

Global Attributes

The <i> tag also supports the Global Attributes in HTML.

Event Attributes

The <i> tag also supports the Event Attributes in HTML.

Related Pages

HTML tutorial: HTML Text Formatting

HTML DOM reference: Italic Object

Default CSS Settings

Most browsers will display the <i> element with the following default values:


i {
    font-style: italic;
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